Maryhill Locks

Overlooking an idyllic position between the banks of the River Kelvin and Forth and Clyde Canal, in an area previously known locally as the ‘The Botany’, the latest phase of the Maryhill Locks Masterplan has been completed with the successful delivery of 40 new homes.

About this project

Maryhill Locks is a masterplan project that aims to bring well designed, tenure-mixed housing to a brownfield, waterside site that nestles between the Glasgow canal and the River Kelvin. Phases 1 and 2, delivered by Maryhill Housing Association, comprised 160 social rented and shared equity homes, with Phase 1 winning the Scottish Prize for Architecture. Phase 3, delivered by Bigg Regeneration (a partnership between Scottish Canals and igloo) comprised 40 terraced homes for private sale showcasing a contemporary, street orientated, urban family housing development, set in the context of a wider neighbourhood renewal.

Two, three and four bedroom private homes sit on a site which is flanked by parkland and offers a west facing aspect via private rear gardens with views to the river valley. The new development seeks to play off the history of the area by offering a modern spin on the tenemental properties that once stood on the site, clearly represented by the stunning mix of white and black brick for the external façade.

The two and three bedroom units have been developed to a similar construction and plan type to offer repetition and flexibility of typology mix whilst the four bedroom units make use of an inhabited roof space. The sloping topography has offered the opportunity to use larger picture windows to take advantage of the panoramic views.

Construction and sales completed in spring 2017, and the project won Best Starter Home at the Scottish Housing Awards. The next phase, Lochgilp Street, will further enhance the growing reputation of the place, and will contain 33 homes which will benefit from a river-side and parkland setting. A site start is scheduled for early 2018.

Use of Timber

CCG OSM’s enhanced closed panel timber system, complete with pre-installed insulation, windows, and doors (including CCG-manufactured internal door sets), was used for the construction which led to the delivery of the first phase (21 homes) within nine months and the full completion of the project by the end of March 2017.

Through the use of off-site construction methods and an outstanding sales effort, the entire development was fully reserved by April-end 2017.

Contract Value: £4 million

Awards: Scottish Home Awards 2017 Starter Home of the Year

Photo credit: Dapple Photography

Key contacts

Client

TCG

Architect

McGinlay Bell

Developer

BIGG Regeneration

Contractor

CCG

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